Police arrested a U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent for his involvement in a Hoboken hit and run which injured a 24-year-old cyclist Monday morning, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
On Wednesday, Sept. 30, at approximately 10 a.m., Jersey City resident and agent with Homeland Security Ryan Varrone, 32, turned himself in to detectives with the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit.
Varrone was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Serious Bodily Injury, a crime of the third degree, and Endangering an Injured Victim, a crime of the third degree.
Varrone was also charged with several motor vehicle violations, including Failure to Stop, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, Failure to Obey Signal, and Improper Safety Glass.
On Monday, Sept. 28, members of the Hoboken Police Department responded to the area of Garden Street and First Street at approximately 12:50 a.m. on reports of a pedestrian struck.
When they arrived, they found the victim, a New Hampshire man, had been struck while riding a bicycle on Garden Street with two friends.
As a result of his injuries, the victim was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center for treatment.
According to the initial investigation, Varrone, who was off duty at the time, allegedly initially stopped but then left the scene.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Hoboken Police Department for the investigation and arrest.
The above charges are merely accusations. Varrone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.